BLAIR, Emma H., and James A. ROBERTSON. The Philippine Islands 1493-1803. Explorations by Early Navigators, Descriptions, of the Islands Their Peoples, Their History and Records of the Catholic Missions, As Related in Contemporaneous Books and Manuscripts...Translated from the Originals. Cleveland: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1903-1907. Fifty-five Volumes. With about two hundred plates, including maps, views, portraits, facsimiles, etc. Original green cloth, spine gilt, t.e.g. Some minor wear. Ex-library, with paper spine labels, pockets, and some volumes with ink stamp on titlepage. Still very good. A monumental work, one of the greatest compilations of material on the Pacific Rim ever assembled. Blair and Roberston published thousands of extracts from books and manuscripts which had never appeared before (or since). Their goal was to show "the political, economic, commercial and religious conditions of the islands from the earliest European contact to the beginning of the nineteenth century." In spite of the title, the work actually covers Philippine history through 1898. Although the limitation states that one thousand sets were printed, there were fewer than four hundred sets produced, and the complete set is rare and elusive on the market, virtually all sets having been subscribed to by American libraries. This is only the third set we have handled, and in the experience of a number of veteran booksellers consulted(including the Arthur Clark Company), apparently few other sets have surfaced on the market in several decades. Clark & Brunet 21.